|Horse Country by Christine Meunier|
Today I try to provide the same for readers of my books. My debut novel Horse Country - A World of Horses, explores the lives of four women working in the horse industry - two as instructors, two in the thoroughbred breeding industry. The book is very factually based, as I wanted readers to recognise what it is like working with horses. I also wanted them to learn about these two equine related careers.
This was able to be written as I travelled North East Victoria in Australia, working on thoroughbred studs, as well as at a couple of riding schools in Melbourne, Victoria. A stint overseas at the Irish National Stud increased my horse breeding knowledge and practical skills. This knowledge went into my debut novel.
|New Beginnings, by Christine Meunier|
I struggle when I read a horse book that isn't correct factually, so it's my hope that as horse crazy readers journey with me by reading one of my novels, that they will enjoy the storyline, but also enjoy the learning that comes with reading about horses.
For me, it's important that books although fiction, are realistic with any facts, whether they be about history, animals or a particular career. I realise that even in horse books, terms can be misunderstood or different depending on the country the author originates from: my first horsey reads were the Saddle Club and once I joined pony club, my Australian riding mates were surprised to hear me talking about posting to the trot! (In Australia, it's known as the rising trot).
In a way, this is another thing I love about reading horse books - learning new terminology! I needed to learn quickly in Ireland that the horse box was the vehicle we used to transport horses (a float in Australia) and not a stall that we house them in for a time!
What horse book or series have you read and learnt from?